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With the start of June we now welcome summer and our gardens are now in full swing. With summer we have to keep our gardens watered regularly and keep an eye out for insect and disease problems. … more
It does not take the sharpest knife in the drawer to know that when the state has fully reopened, things will not be the same as they were two months ago. Get used to some big changes, because … more
RALEIGH — During the month of April alone, North Carolina lost 572,000 jobs, or 12.5% of the state’s total employment. That’s a higher rate of job loss than any of our neighbors experienced. … more
Local businesses reopened their doors Memorial Day weekend after Gov. Roy Cooper issued his latest executive order. I wish a good friend of mine lived here. His restaurant just might have … more
It does one good to return to the neighborhood of his growing up days. While dwelling too much on the past is not advised, it is important that we not forget where it all started. A visit still … more
It is the start of blueberry season with fresh, tasty berries starting to be available in Eastern North Carolina. For more than 70 years, North Carolina blueberries have been a favorite in the … more
During one of my many Sunday afternoons that I used to spend at my parents’ house, the “history buff” that lives inside me came to life for a few unforgettable hours. Mom and I had pulled … more
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s economy is opening up after nearly two months of lockdown. I wish the reopening was faster, broader, and more reflective of the varying conditions across the state. I … more
Bagworms are a common pest that many gardeners encounter in their gardens and landscapes. Soon it will be time for bagworms to begin hatching out and move to new locations where they will feed on … more
Many of you last weekend came up with ingenious ways to celebrate Mother’s Day, especially if you were separated. A virtual dinner date, long-distance movie night or a Zoom talent show were just … more
May is here and our gardens are coming alive. Below are some tips for what you can do in your garden and landscape during the month of May: Lawn Leave clippings on the lawn – they return … more
The envelope arrived weeks ago and I placed it on my “temporary” work desk at home. Out of sight, out of mind. Until I found it again when I searched through some printed notes to work on a … more
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